Edwin G. McComas. Judge McComas is a representative of one of the prominent and influential families of Beckham County, and upon his assumption of his duties on the bench of the county court he removed from Elk City to Sayre, the county scat. He was admitted to the bar of Oklahoma in 1909 and thereafter continued in the practice of his profession at Elk City, metropolis of Beckham County, until his election to the office of judge of the county court, in November, 1914. He entered upon the discharge of his judicial duties on the 1st of January, 1915, and his initial year of service has been marked by circumspection, scrupulous care, broad and accurate knowledge of the law and admirable facility in applying that knowledge to the conservation of equity and justice. His election was for the regular term of two years and it is assuredly a matter of his own volition if he fails to continue on the bench after the expiration of his present term.
Judge McComas was born at Sturgeon, Boone County, Missouri, on the 17th of February, 1870, and is a son of Dr. James M. McComas, who is one of the pioneer physicians and surgeons of Beckham County, and who is still engaged in the active practice of his profession at Elk City,–a man of high attainments and a citizen well known for his high-minded civic loyalty and public spirit, a review of his career, with incidental record concerning the family history being entered on other pages of this publication, so that it is not necessary to repeat the data in the present article. It may be noted, however, that Judge McComas is a scion of staunch Scotch-Irish stock, and a representative of a family that was founded in Virginia in the colonial period of our national history.
In "the schools of his native town Judge McComas acquired his early educational discipline and after his graduation in the Sturgeon High School, as a member of the class of 1891, he accompanied his parents on their removal to the City of St. Louis, Missouri, where he remained until the time of his coming to Oklahoma, in 1901. Here he held for some time a position with the Weatherford Milling Company, at Weatherford, Ouster County, and later he was identified with business affairs at Elk City, Beckham County, where his father established himself in the practice of medicine in the year 1900. In 1906 Judge McComas was a student in the law department of the University of Missouri, and for the ensuing two years he attended the law department of the celebrated Vanderbilt University, in the City of Nashville, Tennessee. As previously stated, he was admitted to the Oklahoma bar in 1909, and engaged in the practice of his profession at Elk City, where he soon proved his powers as a versatile trial lawyer and well fortified counselor, with the result that he built up a substantial and representative law business, to which he gave his close attention until his election to his present judicial office, this preferment showing the estimate placed upon his ability and character by the voters of Beckham County. He served one year as acting city attorney of Elk City and prior to his election to his present office he had gained secure vantage place as one of the essentially representative members of the Beckham County bar. He is at the present time secretary of the Oklahoma County Judges’ Association, and is an influential and appreciative member of the Beckham County Bar Association. In a fraternal way he is affiliated with the Elk City Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
At Marietta, this state, in 1914, was solemnized the marriage of Judge McComas to Miss Mary B. London, and they are popular factors in the leading social activities of the attractive little city in which they maintain their home.